Farm Truck Pulls Down Utility Lines on Route 1 in Bridgewater
Traffic on Route 1 in Bridgewater was re-routed for over an hour Monday afternoon following a mishap involving a farm truck.
Bridgewater Fire Department and Maine State Police responded shortly after 2 p.m. to a report of utility lines down across the roadway, according to Sgt. Josh Haines.
A 2005 International fertilizer truck owned by McCain Foods was traveling south on Route 1, being operated by 72-year-old Cecil Pirie of Perth-Andover, N.B. The chute on the truck caught the utility lines owned by Consolidated Communications and pulled them down, police said.
A second vehicle, a 2004 Ford truck operated by 68-year-old Mark Brewer of Bridgewater was also traveling south and struck the lines and was damaged.
According to a Consolidated Communications worker, recent utility work in the area replacing lines may have caused the line to be lower than usual. Traffic was routed around the scene while utility crews worked to clear the roadway.